- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (April 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582344787
- ISBN-13: 978-1582344782
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey into the Lost History of Autism Paperback – March 24, 2005
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I wasn't sure about this book when I bought it. I have read many books on ASD, some have too much scientific data for me to actually get into the spirit of the message. This is not one of those books! It is extremely user friendly and does not contain so much information in such a short format that you can't relate.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is dealing with ASD, interested in the study of ASD, or is looking for answers. A fantastic read! Thank you Mr. Collins!
So many books about autism focus on "fixing" what's wrong with the autist. On page 225 of the paperback version of "Not Even Wrong", Paul writes, "Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg in a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you are destroying the peg." I couldn't agree more. As the mother of an 11 year old autistic boy, I love who he is.
Paul Collins weaves his experiences with his son and his findings from his research trips into a beautiful, informative memoir with an extensive resource section in the back.
Purchase two copies of this book. You'll want one to pass along and one to keep.
I am a 30-year-old mom with Asperger Syndrome, my 11-year-old daughter has Autism. As such, I have sought books to keep on hand to give to friends who may be interested in reading about autism. I wish I could afford a whole shelf full of this one!
Paul Collins writing is insightful and deep and it flows well - leading from one chapter into the next, it's a difficult book to put down. This book talks about the author's expolration of the history of autism, and individuals who have lived or are living their own unique lives. At the same time as he's following these leads to find out more about his autism, his own son is diagnosed. It's a beautiful story because of the twists and turns, and because of the lives of people it illuminates so graciously.
I was given an assignment in my graduate Humanities class to recommend one chapter of a book for the whole class to read. I knew immediately it would be this book, but had to think about which chapter. After much deliberation (there are many beautifully written stories that flow together in this volume), I selected Chapter 16. The passage where he sits on the steps of a church to cry after meeting the man with the painted lightbulbs illustrates how this book speaks on what it means to be human, it isn't just a book on autism.
Always eloquent, never condescending - if this is the first book you read on autism you'll start with a deeper understanding. Don't bother reading books that bog you down with those who "suffer from autism" - this book, instead, is about human beings.
This is a lovely, easy read for anyone curious about autism or just looking for a good read.
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Such a great book for anyone wanting to read about a child's autism diagnosis through the eyes of a father.Published 4 months ago by Allison J Jones
Excellent background on the history of autism and how society has shaped this condition's definition and degree of acceptance over the years. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rebecca Short
Having an autistic daughter, I selected this read because I was hoping to get some insights into how this family dealt with and or interacted with their autistic child. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Craig M.
Colliins' descriptions as a parent of a child with autism, combined with the interesting history of the condition, blend for fascinating read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Watson
A thorough and thought provoking work that enlightens and deepens the perspective on autism. Deeply touching without superficial emotionalism.Published 15 months ago by minnamoe
I’ve journaled nearly twenty pages of commentary on this book. Now, having finished it, I’m not sure what I should share and what should be kept to myself. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by AnakaliaKlemm
As a mother of a son with Aspergers, I enjoyed this book immensely. It weaves history of our understanding and knowledge of these special humans with the compassionate, powerful,... Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Ann M. Lokey